Advent and Christmas Events

Advent

Lighting the Advent candles

Children lighting the Advent candles

“Awaiting Hope”

Advent Events

All Earth is Waiting” – Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, beginning Nov 27, library. In this year’s Advent study, we will explore the familiar Advent themes of hope, preparation, joy, and peace with the heavens and earth in mind and consider how all creation longs and is waiting for the coming of Christ, taking seriously the notion that the good news of Christ is good news for all the world. Please join us for the next four weeks of study and reflection as we read and discuss Katie Z. Dawson’s book, “All Earth is Waiting”.

Labyrinth At Lynnewood, December 1, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Walk the ancient path of the labyrinth as a way of entering the season of Advent. The Fellowship Hall will be open from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. You are invited to experience whatever your walking will teach you through the pathway of the labyrinth. If you‘ve never walked it before, or if you seek out every opportunity to walk it, the labyrinth will bless you as you open your heart to what the experience has to offer. You may also walk the labyrinth on Sunday morning December 2nd between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study with Advent scriptures in December, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Lynnewood library in the office wing.

Centering Prayer Meditation – Saturdays, 11:00 am, beginning Dec 8, Choir room

Children cooking shepherds pie
Advent Adventure – Dec 2, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. for 3 year olds through 5th graders. Parents, wanna get away for three hours during the holiday season? Children, wanna have a great energetic time? Everyone, wanna prepare for Christmas by focusing on giving to others rather than receiving? The Advent Adventure is just what you are looking for!
All Children 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to attend. Drop children off in the Youth Room at 4:00 p.m. with their sleeping bag, blankets, stuffed companions, pillow, and a new unwrapped gift for an infant through a 7 year old. Gifts will be donated to Child Care Links for distribution. Children will be invited to “bed down” and get comfy as we watch a holiday movie at the close of our time together.
Before that, though, we will go to the Fellowship Hall where we will eat dinner, do games and crafts, and design and prepare the Christmas Eve bulletin for the 5:00 p.m. family service. We will also be making gifts for the Lynnewood carolers to take to homebound families.
All the magic ends, but only for the evening, at 7:00pm. Pick up children from the Youth Room.

Youth Group – Dec 2, 4:00 – 7:30. The 6th-12th grade youth will be providing the energy and the loving care for the children’s Advent Adventure (above). See Diana.

Men’s Breakfast – Dec 8, 8:00 am, Fellowship Hall.

“Walking With Sophia” – Dec 9, noon, courtyard. You’re Invited To enter the Advent Season by “Walking With Sophia”. Meet at the wise, friendly tree on our Lynnewood campus at noon. From there we will walk the streets of our Tri-Valley in search of Sophia by opening ourselves to slowing down, breathing, and observing the world around us in which Sophia resides We will walk for about an hour, covering a new route each month, and allowing about 20 minutes for experience sharing at the end. No need to RSVP. Come as you are as this season of preparation begins.

Seasoned Citizens’ Christmas Luncheon – Dec 15, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Fellowship Hall. If you are able, please bring a can of food or jar of peanut butter to be donated to the Tri-Valley Food Pantry.

Caroling to the shut-ins – Dec 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Meet at the church at 2:00. It’s a time to have fun singing our favorite carols while we bring a little joy to those who can’t get out as well as they used to. You do NOT have to be a member of the choir. Song sheets with the words will be provided. Come and make a joyful noise in service to others! All are welcome!

Deliver Giving Tree gifts – Dec 22, meet at 8:00 in Fellowship Hall for distribution of gifts, directions, and carpooling.

Giving to Others

Giving Tree – On Dec 2 and 9, take a tag. By Dec 16, return the gifts for the tags. Gifts will be delivered early on Dec 22.

Tri-Valley Haven – Dec 8, 9:00 am – 12:00, at Asbury UMC in Livermore. Every year the Haven receives a donation of bulk staple groceries such as pasta, rice, and canned goods. These many boxes of goods need to be repacked into as many as 500 individual grocery bags to be given to the needy over the Christmas season. See Groceries for the Tri-Valley Haven Food Bank. Signup at the Outreach table.

Alternative Giving Catalog – At Lynnewood we believe that outreach to our community and the world is important. We live out our faith through the giving of our time, talents, and resources to help others. This is faith in action! With this idea in mind we are offering you an Alternative Christmas – the practice of giving a donation in someone’s honor rather than a physical gift. A gift to mission makes a difference. In the catalog you will find seven ministries that represent local and global mission opportunities. A description is provided for each organization – what they do and how you can support that work. An order form is also included with the catalog. You decide which ministries you would like to support, complete the order form, total your donations, and write one check payable to Lynnewood United Methodist Church. Lynnewood will send your donations to the ministries of your choice. In return, we will provide you with lovely gift cards and envelopes that you may send to those whom you honor with your donations. Get a catalog at and bring your donations to the Outreach table on Sunday mornings.

Worship

Dec. 2 – Awaiting Hope: The Calling of Advent Waiting  
Communion at both services, 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Chancel Choir will sing.

Dec. 9 – Awaiting Hope: Preparing the Way 
Children’s choirs will sing and the Handbell choir will ring.

Dec. 16 – Awaiting Hope: A Call to Action 
The Lynnewood Christmas Ensemble will play carols and the Chancel Choir will sing.

Dec. 23 – Awaiting Hope: My Soul Magnifies the Lord 
Chancel Choir will sing.

Hanging Ornaments

Photos of children by permission of parents.

Christmas

Dec. 24 ― Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
5:00 pm Family Service 
7:30 pm Candlelight Service with Choir and String Quartet (no childcare available)
9:00 pm Candlelight Service with Choir and String Quartet (no childcare available)

Dec. 30Finding the Way Home
10:30 am – one service only